In previewing this year’s election, here’s a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.
When voters see the ballot on Nov. 8 they will be asked to not only choose local, state and federal representatives but also to help out with the Georgia Constitution.
Four constitutional amendments will be on this year’s ballot. Here is a look at what those amendments are and what they mean for voters.
AMENDMENT 4 – Firework tax
WILL APPEAR AS: Dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services and public safety.
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighter equipping and training, and local public safety purposes?
WHAT IT IS:
The sale of fireworks was legalized in 2015 when Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation into law. The amendment does not call for a new sales tax, but rather allows the allocation of an existing 5 percent sales taxes collected on the sale of fireworks.
Of the total sales taxes from fireworks, 55 percent of the revenue would go toward the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission; 40 percent to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council in the form of grants for improving equipment and training of Georgia firefighters; and 5 percent would go to local governments specifically for public safety purposes.
Who supports it? Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-53), Sen. Ben Watson (R-1), Sen. Tyler Harper (R-7), Sen. David Shafer (R-48), Sen. John F. Kennedy (R-18), Sen. Mike Dugan (R-30)
Who opposes it? Rep. Stephen Allison (R-8), Rep. David Cassas (R-107), Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-19), Rep. David Stover (R-71), Rep. Steve Tarvin (R-2).
To read about Amendment 1 click here.
To read about Amendment 2 click here.
To read about Amendment 3 click here.